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Bart Gordon has raised the hackles
of pro-lifers with some late-night shenanigans last week involving the House health care reform bill.
With Gordon voting "yes," the Energy and Commerce Committee first passed an anti-abortion amendment to the bill. It said the legislation may not impose requirements for coverage of abortion, except when a woman's life is in danger or her pregnancy resulted from rape or incest. But when Chairman Henry Waxman brought it up for reconsideration, Gordon changed his vote to "no." That beat the amendment 30-29.
"I misunderstood it the first time," Gordon claimed, according to The Hill.
Ha! That's funny, congressman. Here's what really happened: The first time, Gordon thought he could vote "yes" and the amendment still would lose. In this way, abortion is covered but Gordon doesn't have to go on record as voting for it--a win-win for the courageous congressman. As a Republican Lite Party member in good standing, it's part of the game he plays to trick constituents. Too bad it didn't work out and, after a little strong-arming by Waxman, Gordon actually had to admit he's pro-choice.